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The Best Thelma Ritter Movies

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List of the best Thelma Ritter movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Thelma Ritter's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Thelma Ritter movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Thelma Ritter movies will be at the top of the list. Thelma Ritter has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Thelma Ritter movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Thelma Ritter films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Thelma Ritter role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Thelma Ritter performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List films include The Model and the Marriage Broker, The Proud and Profane and more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Thelma Ritter movies?" and "What are the greatest Thelma Ritter roles of all time?"


  • 1

    Rear Window

    Grace Kelly, James Stewart


    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • 2

    All About Eve

    Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis


    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    All About Eve is a 1950 American drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. It was based on the 1946 short story "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr,...  more

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  • 3

    A Letter to Three Wives

    Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain


    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    A Letter to Three Wives is a 1949 American romantic drama film which tells the story of a woman who mails a letter to three women, telling them she has left town with the husband of one of them. It...  more
  • 4

    Birdman of Alcatraz

    Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas


    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer. It is a largely fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a federal prison inmate known as the...  more

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  • 5

    Move Over, Darling

    Doris Day, James Garner


    Directed byMichael Gordon

    Move Over, Darling is a 1963 comedy film starring Doris Day, James Garner, and Polly Bergen and directed by Michael Gordon. The picture was a remake of a 1940 screwball comedy, My Favorite Wife, with...  more
  • 6

    The Mating Season

    Gene Tierney, Thelma Ritter


    Directed byMitchell Leisen

    The Mating Season is a 1951 classic farce with elements of screwball comedy. A film made by Paramount Pictures, it was directed by Mitchell Leisen and produced by Charles Brackett from a screenplay...  more
  • 7


    Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner


    Directed byJean Negulesco

    Titanic is a 1953 American drama film directed by Jean Negulesco. Its plot centers on an estranged couple sailing on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, which took place in April 1912....  more
  • 8

    With a Song in My Heart

    Robert Wagner, Susan Hayward


    Directed byWalter Lang

    With a Song in My Heart is a 1952 biographical film which tells the story of actress and singer Jane Froman, who was crippled by an airplane crash on February 22, 1943, when the Boeing 314 Pan...  more
  • 9

    Daddy Long Legs

    Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron


    Directed byJean Negulesco

    Daddy Long Legs is a Hollywood musical comedy film set in France, New York City, and the fictional college town of Walston, Massachusetts. The film was directed by Jean Negulesco, and stars Fred...  more

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  • 10

    Pillow Talk

    Doris Day, Rock Hudson


    Directed byMichael Gordon

    Pillow Talk is a 1959 Eastmancolor romantic comedy film in CinemaScope directed by Michael Gordon. It features Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter and Nick Adams. The film was written...  more

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  • 11

    Pickup on South Street

    Richard Widmark, Thelma Ritter


    Directed bySamuel Fuller

    Pickup on South Street is a Cold War spy film noir written and directed by Samuel Fuller and released by the 20th Century Fox studio. The film stars Richard Widmark, Jean Peters and Thelma Ritter....  more
  • 12

    The Incident

    Martin Sheen, Donna Mills


    Directed byLarry Peerce

    The Incident is a 1967 American film written by Nicholas E. Baehr, directed by Larry Peerce and starring Beau Bridges, Tony Musante, Brock Peters and Martin Sheen It tells the story of two young...  more
  • 13

    The Farmer Takes a Wife

    Julie Newmar, Betty Grable


    Directed byVictor Fleming, Henry Levin

    The Farmer Takes a Wife is a 1953 romantic musical comedy film directed by Henry Levin....  more
  • 14

    A Hole in the Head

    Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson


    Directed byFrank Capra

    A Hole in the Head is a comedy film directed by Frank Capra, featuring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, Dub Taylor, Ruby Dandridge, Eddie...  more
  • 15

    As Young as You Feel

    Marilyn Monroe, Thelma Ritter


    Directed byHarmon Jones

    As Young as You Feel is a comedy film starring Monty Woolley, Thelma Ritter, and David Wayne, with Marilyn Monroe in a small role....  more
  • 16

    For Love or Money

    Kirk Douglas, Julie Newmar


    Directed byMichael Gordon

    For Love or Money is a 1963 romantic comedy film starring Kirk Douglas, Mitzi Gaynor and Thelma Ritter....  more
  • 17

    Father was a Fullback

    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara


    Directed byJohn M. Stahl

    Father was a Fullback is a 1949 black-and-white Twentieth Century Fox film based on a comedy by Clifford Goldsmith. The film is about a college American football coach and his woes. The film stars...  more
  • 18

    The Proud and Profane

    William Holden, Deborah Kerr


    Directed byGeorge Seaton

    The Proud and Profane is a 1956 dramatic war romance made by William Perlberg-George Seaton Productions for Paramount Pictures. It was directed by George Seaton and produced by William Perlberg, from...  more
  • 19

    Lucy Gallant

    Charlton Heston, Jane Wyman


    Directed byRobert Parrish

    Lucy Gallant is a 1955 drama film directed by Robert Parrish....  more
  • 20

    Boeing Boeing

    Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis


    Directed byJohn Rich

    Boeing Boeing is a 1965 American bedroom farce comedy film, based on the 1960 French play Boeing-Boeing, and starring Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis. It was released on December 22, 1965, and was the...  more

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  • 21

    The Model and the Marriage Broker

    Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter


    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    The Model and the Marriage Broker is a 1951 film about a marriage broker. Though Jeanne Crain is top billed, the movie revolves around Thelma Ritter's character, in a rare leading role for Ritter....  more
  • 22

    A New Kind of Love

    Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman


    Directed byMelville Shavelson

    A New Kind of Love is a 1963 American romantic comedy film directed by Melville Shavelson and starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Frank Sinatra sings "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" over...  more
  • 23

    The Misfits

    Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable


    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Misfits is a 1961 American drama film with a screenplay by Arthur Miller which was directed by John Huston. It stars Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach and...  more

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  • 24

    Perfect Strangers

    Ginger Rogers, Thelma Ritter


    Directed byBretaigne Windust

    Perfect Strangers is a 1950 American comedy-drama directed by Bretaigne Windust. The screenplay for the Warner Bros. release by Edith Sommer was based on an adaptation of the 1939 Ben Hecht-Charles...  more
  • 25

    How the West Was Won

    John Wayne, James Stewart


    Directed byHenry Hathaway, George Marshall, John Ford, Richard Thorpe

    How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall and Richard Thorpe....  more

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